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You're not so smart, and that's a good thing.

Monthly theme: Humility.

Reading time: two minutes.

God designed your brain to be forgetful.

There’s a regular process of the brain that takes memories from the past and purges them. It’s why we forget things.

Your brain has limits.

I read about it in the AARP magazine. I don’t remember the exact details, but remember, (there’s that word again!) I’m a card carrying member of the AARP.

We don’t know everything, and we forget a good deal of what we thought we knew. It’s one of the ways God keeps us humble.

I’m a little concerned about how reliant we’ve become on our computers and cellphones. There’s a temptation toward idolatry of self when we assume all of the knowledge of the universe is always right at our fingertips.

It seems that the humble response, “I don’t know” has been replaced in our vocabulary with, “I’ll Google it!” Young people growing up in the digital age can easily become consumed by the pressure to be fully informed about every event happening across the globe and every trend in popular culture.

Being caught five minutes out of date is horrifying.

And it’s not just a young people’s problem.

But it’s okay to say, “I don’t know,” because our ignorance drives us back to our Creator God.

It’s part of who we are to wake up every day curious, wondering about what challenges and dangers might lie in wait for us. What’s next? Will I be okay? How will it all end?

It’s a wondrous gift from God to begin each day in His presence, and to call out as our humbled, frail brother Peter did to Jesus, “Lord, you know all things” (John 21:17).

There are many questions I have for which God in His providential care has chosen not to reveal the answers. It’s always been that way for children of the heavenly Father.

I am convinced, however, that He knows what He’s doing. And I’m sure that a big part of what He’s doing is keeping me humble.

I keep an ancient Collect of the Church in my wallet at all times, even though by now I’ve committed it to memory (at least for the time being). It’s been a great comfort to me in times when I wonder what’s going on and what will happen next. Maybe you remember it.

“Lord God, You have called Your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that Your hand is leading us and Your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.” (LSB 311)

Sometimes there’s joy in not knowing, but knowing that He knows.

Thanks for reading.